Kaiser announces nine directors to new health system board

The Maui News

Kaiser Permanente’s Maui Health System, which is managing Maui County’s public hospitals, announced the nine directors for its inaugural board on Wednesday.

The panel will oversee the quality of patient care, financial health and support of Maui Health System’s mission. Maui Health System took operational control of Maui Memorial Medical Center and Kula and Lanai Community hospitals on July 1 in a landmark public-private arrangement.

The panel will be chaired by Mary Ann Barnes, a registered nurse, who is president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals in Hawaii, the second-largest health plan in the state.

Other members include:

• Galen Nakamura, a senior vice president for Bank of Hawaii. He has served on the quasi-public Hawaii Health Systems Corp. Maui Region board on finance and quality committees. The HHSC Maui Region had been managing the hospitals.

• Dr. Bryan Smith, a Maui physician who has served as president of the Hawaii Society of Anesthesiology and represented Hawaii as a delegate with the American Society of Anesthesiology. He is a member of the Medical Executive Committee at Maui Memorial Medical Center, assisting in hospital governance and strategic planning.

• Marilyn Chow, registered nurse, who has more than 30 years in health care from professional nursing to academia. Prior to her retirement, she was vice president of National Patient Care Services and Innovation of Kaiser Permanente national headquarters.

• R. Clay Sutherland, a Maui practicing attorney focusing on real estate and business matters. He has served on the HHSC Maui Region board for the past 10 years.

• Mary Hew, who retired from Kaiser Permanente in 2015 as senior clinic operations director for Maui and Hawaii. She is a field representative for the American Cancer Society’s Hawaii Pacific Board of Directors and serves on the boards of Maui United Way, Hospital Maui and Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center.

• Dr. Stephen Miller, a surgeon with the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group since 1979 and former chief of surgery. He retired in 2002 to help found eye hospitals around the world and has taught surgery and hospital management in India, Nepal, Tibet and other countries.

• Anthony Takitani, a Maui attorney who has been a volunteer with Maui Memorial Medical Center for 20 years. He has served on the HHSC Maui Region Board. He is president of Maui United Soccer Club and is a director for the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

• John Yamamoto, vice president and regional counsel for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals in Southern California. He also is responsible for Kaiser Permanente Southern California’s government and community relations and community benefit functions.

“We are honored to have such a distinguished group of leaders on the Maui Health System Board of Directors,” said Ray Hahn, chief executive officer and hospital administrator.